Edge of War
MacArthur’s Great Gamble
General Douglas MacArthur lands massive UN Forces far behind enemy lines during the Korean War.
In 1950, Korea stands divided by ideologies, ambitious leaders and competing superpowers. The ravages of the 35 year-long Japanese occupation are a fresh memory. Rivals divide Korea along the 38th parallel into a Soviet-backed north and a US-friendly south. But with US interest in Korea waning, Soviet and Chinese ambitions grow, and the Cold War heats up. Korea spirals; border skirmishes flare, then a shooting war erupts, and finally a soviet-equipped North steamrolls an ill-prepared South. Kim Il Sung’s North Korean People’s Army threaten to push Syngman Rhee’s South Korean and UN forces off the peninsula altogether.
Enter US General Douglas MacArthur with an audacious battle strategy – sever the North’s communication and supply lines by landing where the North Koreans least expect it – the port city of Inchon. Inchon is a little known city, and reliable information about the city must be gathered.
US naval officer Lt Eugene Clark goes in undercover. He recruits a team of locals; operatives that want the invaders out. Clark’s recruits – mostly very young or very old – gather information on North Korean troops, munitions and movements.
Clarks’ final mission: to re-activate the Palmi-Do lighthouse and guide ships through the treacherous channel. Clark’s work is done and the UN forces land in force, breaking the back of the NKPA.
But 60 years later, the Korean Peninsula remains divided.